GNR flagged 10,251 cases of lack of land cleaning but only applies fines from Saturday 1st June


Lisbon, May 30, 2024 (Lusa) – The Republican National Guard registered 10,251 warnings this year due to lack of cleaning of agricultural and forestry land to prevent rural fires, an official source said, but only from Saturday onwards did owners who fail to clean their land risk fines .

“The last official number we have at the moment is 10,251 signs” and “the Center-North area is the area that has the highest number of points [of non-compliance]”, said Lieutenant Colonel Ricardo Vaz Alves, from the Protection Service directorate of Nature and Environment (Sepna) of GNR.

The official added that “the area of ​​Coimbra, Leiria and then the Viseu-Aveiro strip are the areas that have the greatest pressure in terms of signage”, in an assessment made to Lusa after a first check, still without the application of administrative offences, on the management of fuel ranges.

A joint order from the Minister of Internal Administration and the Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries decided to “extend for another month the deadline for forest owners and producers to clean up forests and land”, meaning that “the deadline, which ended on the 30th of April, was extended until May 31st”, the Government informed last month.

“The decision is related to the rainfall recorded in recent months and the high water content in the soil, which affected many of the fuel management operations and encouraged the rapid growth of vegetation in the areas already intervened”, explained the note. .

” There is this increased risk” of burning waste ending up “starting fires”.

“In terms of administrative offense reports, 31 reports of illegal burnings and 46 of burnings have been collected so far”, and, “for example, the districts of Braga and Viseu are those with the highest number of reports”, said the Sepna official.

In a February order, the Secretary of State for Civil Protection and the Secretary of State for Nature Conservation and Forests identified 991 priority parishes for inspection of fuel management in 2024, between May 1st and 31st (however postponed to June), in case of owners of rural land close to buildings or in agglomerations bordering forest areas.

The work would have to be completed by May 31st (instead of April 30th) and the inspection will also take place, between June 1st and 30th, in the lanes between five and 10 meters from the road, railway and electricity transport networks and of natural gas, the responsibility of the respective responsible entities.

“We have teams already prepared to approach the 991 priority parishes”, assured Lieutenant Colonel Ricardo Vaz Alves, explaining that the inspection plan “will involve some means” allocated to inspection that are simultaneously associated with the combat, “if necessary”.

The official admitted that the process “will take longer” and “will have to commit other resources than those originally” planned, given the 10,251 signals to date.

“With the exception of the pandemic years, when, obviously, there were other priorities and there was less market availability, we noticed that, on the part of individuals, there is greater concern [about cleaning]. Now, perhaps there still isn’t the most appropriate response from companies that provide this type of service”, said Ricardo Vaz Alves, alluding to the difficulty in recruiting labor for this type of work.

The lack of cleaning of agricultural and forestry land, to prevent rural fires, has already resulted in “around 2.5 million” euros in administrative offenses since 2020, the lieutenant colonel of Sepna told Lusa at the end of April.

Fines for failure to clean forest and agricultural land can reach 5,000 euros for natural persons and 25,000 for legal entities, amounts that vary depending on the respective municipal council.

According to data sent to Lusa, between 2018 and 2023, the GNR recorded the greatest non-compliance with land cleaning, in descending order, in the districts of Santarém (4,131 administrative offences), Castelo Branco (2,816), Braga (2,660), Coimbra (2,06 ) and Aveiro (1,802).

From 2018 to 2023, the GNR totaled 26,140 administrative offenses due to lack of clearing of forest land and, from 2019 to last year, registered 3,419 for burning and 1,359 for burning.

In the case of land located in rural areas, cleaning must cover up to 50 meters from buildings, in forest, bush or natural pasture areas.

In population clusters located in or bordering forest areas, fuel management is mandatory in an outdoor range of no less than 100 meters, a distance also provided for camping or industrial parks and landfills.

Municipal councils, in addition to having to be informed of fines from entities external to the municipality, can notify owners for cleaning or, subsequently, carry out the work and be reimbursed for the expenses.






Homeland Security Report. Violent, hate, human trafficking and drug-related crimes increased last year


Annual Homeland Security Report warns of an increase in various crimes, including violent, hate and human trafficking, and an increase in violence between rival groups of young people.

Released this Tuesday by the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Annual Internal Security Report (RASI) warns of an increase in violent crimes, such as extortion, robbery and kidnapping, last year. According to the document, the authorities also investigated more crimes related to human trafficking and aiding illegal immigration and more economic and financial crime investigations were opened. Hate crimes and the threat linked to the far right also increased in 2023, as did violence between rival groups of young people from neighbourhoods in Greater Lisbon.

Extortion, robbery and kidnapping among the violent crimes that rose the most in 2023

The RASI reveals that violent and serious crime increased by 5.6%, recording 14,022 crimes, 741 more cases than in 2022, the highest figure since 2019.

General crime also increased by 8.2% in 2023, with the eight Criminal Police Bodies (GNR, PSP, PJ, SEF, Maritime Police, ASAE, Tax Authority and Military Judiciary Police) receiving 371,995 complaints, 28,150 more reports than in the period same year of 2022, the highest value since 2014 (last RASI record).

The RASI indicates that the most relevant increases in the chapter on serious and violent crime are extortion, which shows an increase of 25.8%, kidnapping, kidnapping and hostage taking (+22%), resistance and coercion against an official (+13.2%), robbery by stretch (+7.7%) and robbery on public roads (+0.8%). The document states that theft crimes, in their different forms, are responsible for 64% of the total violent and serious incidents recorded.

The biggest drops were seen in residential robbery (-15.3%), rape (-4.8%), other robberies (-4%) and completed voluntary homicide (-7.2%).

Violent and serious crime rose last year in the districts of Guarda (68.3%), Bragança (54.3%), Viseu (36.1%) and Setúbal (26.6%), while the declines occurred in Castelo Branco (29.1%), Autonomous Region of Madeira (17.8%), Santarém (14.4%) and Leiria (6.1%).

Within the scope of general crime, domestic violence is the crime that continues to present the highest rates of complaints, despite having registered a slight decrease of 0.1% last year.

The crimes reported to the police that rose the most in 2023 were abuse of a guarantee or credit card (+67%), other fraud (+39%), drug trafficking (+20.1), theft in a commercial or industrial building no break-ins, escalation or false keys (+16.7%) and opportunity theft of unsecured objects (+13.4%).

Home theft with break-in, climbing or false keys (-11.2%) and motor vehicle theft (-6.8%) were the crimes that declined the most last year.

The document also highlights the crimes that have increased as a result of “police proactivity”, such as detention or trafficking in prohibited weapons (10.6%), driving with alcohol levels (9.3%), driving without a legal license (9.2 %), resistance and coercion against employees (13.2%) and disobedience (18.3%). According to RASI, only the district of Coimbra shows a slight decrease in general crime, with the biggest increases being recorded in Faro (+13.5%), Setúbal (+12.9%), Beja (+12.3%) and Leiria (+12.1%).

Inquiries into economic and financial crime increased by 28.8%

Inquiries into economic-financial crime, corruption and related crime increased by 28.8% in 2023, with the highest number of open investigations relating to the crime of money laundering. Among the types of crime, “malfeasance by a political office holder” stands out, where there was an increase of 138%, followed by “active corruption in the private sector” (60%), “economic participation in business” (58% ), “embezzlement” (58%), “laundering” (47%) and “abuse of power” (46%).

“In the opposite sense, it is noted that the types of insolvency, which fell by 15%, fraud and subsidy diversion (minus 12%), tax and customs crimes (minus 22%), active corruption in sport (minus 20%), corruption of political office holders (minus 13%), passive corruption (minus 7%) and undue receipt of advantage (minus 10%) maintained, in 2023, the downward trend already started in 2022”, indicates the document.

In relation to the constitution of defendants in relation to the types of crime, the crime of “laundering” represented the offense with the largest number of defendants, 20% of the total.

At the same time, with regard to arrests in the context of economic and financial crime, there has been, since 2020, a gradual increasing trend in arrests in this type of crime. RASI 2023 records 121 detainees (26% more), of which 74% are male. The number of defendants fell by 13.9%, reaching a total of 852.

The RASI reveals that it was in the category of “tax and customs crimes” – which includes tax fraud, receipt and smuggling – that a greater increase in arrests was recorded (plus 16%), all involving males. “It should be noted that, in 2023, arrests occurred at the level of “insolvency” and “abuse of power”, when, in previous years, the record of arrests in these offenses was zero”, the report also indicates.

According to RASI, 2023 confirmed trends already identified in previous years, namely the growth of computer crimes or crimes committed in the computer environment, criminal types resulting from money laundering, through the use of different strategies by criminal organizations, such as fraud with supposed acquisitions cryptocurrency and investment fraud, among others.

Hate crimes on the rise but in a reduced form in 2023 

Hate crimes increased in Portugal in 2019 and 2020, coinciding with the pandemic, and in the following years the increase continued, but in a more attenuated way. The document delivered this Tuesday states that “the majority of reported cases [classified as hate crimes] occurred in a digital environment”.

In the same chapter, dedicated to the crime of terrorism, RASI considers that until October last year the level of the terrorist threat pending over Portugal continued to be moderate, (corresponding to level 4, based on a decreasing criterion scale between level 1 – considered critical or immediate – and level 5 – classified reduced or low).

However, with the attack carried out by the Palestinian group Hamas in October and Israel’s response, there is a “greater complexity of the terrorist threat of an Islamist origin in Europe”, having been decided by the Secretary General of the Internal Security System , on October 20, 2023, “increase the generic terrorist threat level to level 3, classified as significant”.

Despite the threat level having risen, the RASI for 2023 states that “there were no concrete signs that point to the development of terrorist actions in national territory”. The Judicial Police, through the National Counterterrorism Unit, “does not fail to monitor the evolution of the situation related to terrorism and ideological extremism”, states the report.

The threat of the phenomena of radicalization, (violent) extremism and terrorism “remains at a level similar to that of previous years in most European Union member states”, he adds.

Investigations into human trafficking crimes and aiding illegal immigration soared in 2023 

Inquiries related to human trafficking crimes and assistance to illegal immigration increased exponentially last year, increases in percentage terms of more than 150% and almost 300%, respectively. RASI states that this trend of increasing the number of investigations for “human trafficking” and “assistance to illegal immigration” has occurred in recent years.

In the crime of “human trafficking”, with relevance to labour exploitation, the variation in 2023 reflects “an increase in percentage terms of 158%”, indicates the document.

Inquiries into the crime of “assisting illegal immigration” increased by 298%, and there are also new investigations into the crimes of “association of assistance to illegal immigration”.

The report notes that the significant increase in the two investigations is also related to the restructuring of the Internal Security System and the extinction of the Foreigners and Borders Service (SEF), resulting in the transfer of powers to the Judiciary Police.

The increase in investigations also led to a high number of defendants being charged and detained last year, especially those detained for the crime of “assisting illegal immigration”. In 2023, reports about victims of both crimes also increased, with Portugal essentially being the destination country for victims (355 records).

Of the cases of alleged human trafficking, 84% are related to labor exploitation, in sectors such as forestry and coastal sea fishing, but mainly in agriculture and football.

Last year, 57 minor victims of this trafficking were identified , most of them associated with a SEF operation (Operation Eldorado) and especially boys with an average age of 16 years.

A total of 533 adult victims of trafficking were flagged in Portugal, the majority of confirmed cases associated with the same operation, men aged between 18 and 23 years old, mostly from Brazil, Colombia and Guinea-Bissau. The districts with the most cases of presumed exploitation were Braga (football) , Beja (agriculture) and Bragança (agriculture and forestry).

The data also indicates that in 2023, 57 (presumed) victims were admitted to the Reception and Protection Centers, of which 39 were male. The majority of victims were trafficked for labor exploitation (including domestic servitude) but other main forms of exploitation were sexual, forced begging, illegal adoption and slavery.

Threat linked to the far right increases in Portugal in 2023 

In 2023, Portugal recorded a worsening of the threat linked to political extremism, especially the extreme right, with the resumption of activity by neo-Nazi and identity organizations .

“In the field of political extremism, there has been a worsening of the threat posed by these sectors, especially in the context of the extreme right”, warns the document delivered today by the government to the Assembly of the Republic.

According to the 2023 report prepared by the Internal Security System, after a period of stagnation, traditional organizations and militants from the neo-Nazi and identity sectors “resumed their activity, promoting street actions and other initiatives with propagandistic purposes”.

“At the same time, projects and organizations were also created by young people that extend the reach of the extremist message to a new generation with a different profile”, says RASI in the national analysis relating to the last year.

This growth of the extreme right, particularly among younger generations, was largely due to the “effort developed in the virtual sphere”, which constituted the “main vehicle for disseminating propaganda and driving force for radicalization” , says the document .

This use of digital media has thus contributed to the proliferation of extremist narratives, which reach a wider and more diverse audience, RASI adds, warning that the virtual environment has also been the “main breeding ground for ‘accelerationists’, radicalized by exposure to propaganda, the violent universe of gaming  or even contact with militants from other geographies, some associated with terrorist cells or groups”.

‘Accelerationism’ is a tendency associated with the far right that advocates an “acceleration” of capitalism and chaos to “overthrow” the existing order.

As for the extreme left, the document indicates that the anarchist and autonomous movement also resumed street activity in 2023, after a period of stagnation, associating itself with mass demonstrations around causes that cut across Portuguese society, such as law housing or improving living conditions.

However, these movements had an “anti-capitalist ideological stamp”, resorting to acts of vandalism and provocations against security forces that aimed to “mobilize other participants to fight against the system”.

In the last quarter of 2023, the Palestinian cause was also supported by these sectors, through participation in demonstrations, but with no record of relevant incidents, says the report delivered to parliament.

Similar to what happened internationally, it was in the anti-capitalist environmental movement that greater radicalization was observed, through the repeated resort to illegal actions and acts of vandalism, as well as an “attempt to sabotage critical infrastructure” .

“The environmentalist cause continued to prove fundamental for the recruitment of young people to different sectors of the extreme left”, highlights RASI, adding that, in relation to the anti-system movements that emerged during the covid-19 pandemic, “they lost almost all their relevance” in 2023.

In relation to the analysis of an “Islamist-based terrorist threat”, some international events — such as acts of desecration of the Koran and tension in the Middle East — also “had some echo within Islamic communities” in Portugal.

Although no concrete evidence has been collected regarding the planning of terrorist attacks, “specific cases of support for Hamas and attacks against Israel and, equally, hostile reactions to the desecration of the Koran” have been identified, he adds.

The current international situation “favors the development of radicalization processes with a propensity for violence, which could result in the execution of terrorist attacks, with Portugal not being immune to this phenomenon”, warns the document.

Violence increases between rival groups of young people from neighborhoods in Greater Lisbon 

RASI also warns of the increase in violence associated with youth groups and young people motivated by rivalries between groups from different areas or neighborhoods in the Lisbon metropolitan area.

“With regard to group crime, 2,048 arrests were made (+13.1%). Regarding violence carried out within groups, there has been, in the post-confinement period, an increase in conflict and the level of violence used”, states the document.

The document highlights the dynamics arising from youth groups and those involving organized criminal groups, especially those dedicated to drug trafficking.

According to RASI, group crime, defined as the commission of a crime by three or more suspects, increased by 14.6% in 2023, recording a total of 6,756 incidents, the highest figure since 2014.

Juvenile delinquency, which comprises crimes committed by young people between the ages of 12 and 16, also registered an increase of 8.7%, totaling 1,833, the highest number since 2017.

In the context of group crime, RASI states, the suspects are young people aged between 15 and 25 years old, a phenomenon that has had considerable expression in the Lisbon Metropolitan Area.

“There continue to be some dynamics associated with rivalries between groups from different areas or neighborhoods of the metropolitan area. These conflicts are often referred to in songs and video clips from musical subcultures that feature hyperlocal and hyperpersonal references (specifically to a geographic area, particular occurrence, individual or specific date)”, reads the document, which highlights “the role played by digital , namely social networks, which present themselves as an extension of the group and the neighborhood itself”.

Regarding juvenile delinquency, RASI reports that throughout 2022 and 2023, some investigations and operations carried out by security forces and services were carried out, but even so there must be “a considerable number of black figures (crimes not reported)”.

The document also states that, in the metropolitan area of ​​Lisbon, it is in the municipalities of Loures and Amadora that there are the highest number of incidents and highlights the crime scenes close to shopping centers and intermodal stations, “thus enhancing the repercussion of news in news organizations. social communication and consequent feeling of insecurity”.

“There is also a trend of episodes (some unreported) in educational establishments, probably because the perpetrators know some of the victims’ routines and the establishments they frequent”, highlights the RASI, also giving an account of the groups associated with drug trafficking. , namely groups dedicated to retail sales, with a more localized presence near the main points of sale in the two metropolitan areas of Lisbon and Porto.

The report also indicates that there are a large number of violent and serious incidents on the south bank of the Tagus, mainly the Barreiro area, where there are attacks on physical integrity, kidnapping and kidnapping of individuals associated with drug trafficking.

Crimes linked to drug trafficking and consumption increased by 19.4% in 2023 

Crimes linked to drug trafficking and consumption increased by 19.4% compared to the previous year. RASI also reports a “substantial increase” in criminal drug trafficking activity , as well as in the quantities seized.

RASI records a total of 37,947 kilos of hashish seized (+62.3% compared to the previous year), 21,721 kilos of cocaine (+31.4%), 41 kilos of heroin (-43.5%) and 91,054 units of ecstasy (+47.3%).

Regarding the number of seizures recorded in the 2023 document, hashish leads with 5,806 (+22.4%), followed by cocaine with 2,105 (+4.8%), heroin with 1,073 (- 14, 3%) and ‘ecstasy’ with 807 (+31.2%).

The document highlights “crack” (smoking drug) as having created some social alarm, with an increase in the quantities seized having been recorded in recent years . In 2021, 36.65 kilos were seized in four seizures, the following year 4,925 kilos in 325 seizures and in 2023, 7,113 kilos were seized in 293 seizures.

As for those involved in trafficking and consumption, 9,001 were registered, of which 7,565 ended up being arrested. Among those detained, 6,884 were men, of which 6,098 were aged 21 or over and among them 5,986 were Portuguese nationals. The operations carried out by the police authorities led to the seizure of 4.51 million euros, 16 high-speed boats, 236 light vehicles, 2,344 cell phones and 130 weapons of various types.

The report points out that, similarly to what happens in other countries, it has also been noted in Portugal that different criminal organizations seek to infiltrate existing port and airport infrastructures in the national territory, through the recruitment of workers from different entities, namely service providers.

“The objective is to be able, with the support of such workers, to create what we can call true ‘green lanes’ for the entry of large quantities of drugs into national territory and, concomitantly, into the European space”, highlights the document, which also highlights that, in addition to large-scale trafficking, there is also “an increasing use of postal services and postal parcels, through which criminal organizations deliver drugs to the final consumer (especially synthetic ones)”.




















Loulé, Faro, 10 May 2024 (Lusa) – The Minister of Health today acknowledged the existence of a lack of human resources in the pre-hospital emergency in the Algarve for the summer, but assured that a plan is being prepared to guarantee response and safety of users.

Questioned by journalists about the lack of staff at the National Institute of Medical Emergency (INEM), on the side lines of the inauguration of the building of the Algarve regional delegation of that institute, Ana Paula Martins acknowledged the lack of human resources at “various levels”, including medical technicians for pre-hospital emergency.

“It’s true, there are things that are missing from INEM. There was a memorandum made right away, from the day we joined the Ministry of Health, the president of INEM took care to make a very detailed memorandum about all the needs that INEM faces and is facing, and the need to human resources”, he stated.

The minister said that in the coming weeks she should return to the Algarve to work on a plan for the summer, in order to ensure that the lack of human resources, together with professionals’ holidays, does not affect the response that will be given during the busiest period with an influx of visitors and tourists to the region.

The Minister of Health added that there has been a request made for at least 200 technicians since February and March last year, highlighting that the priority now is for the ministry’s services to be able to outline a plan to guarantee the necessary response in the summer.

“And we now have to look at human resources – they are not just facilities, they are human resources – to, within the personnel or human resources maps, to put it better, that we have within the scope of the Ministry of Health, see how we were able to effectively address these needs”, he added.

Ana Paula Martins mentioned that there is also “collaboration with the firefighters” in this context, which the ministry wants “to see maintained and strengthened, and which is also on the table to be reviewed”, which can also contribute to this objective.

“It is a worrying situation and it is a situation that we have to manage – with the region and with those on the ground here in the region – to resolve as quickly as possible”, stressed the minister, revealing that “next week or at the beginning of the week next” will return to the Algarve.

The objective of this next visit is, according to the government official, to draw up “a response plan for these needs” together with the administration and professionals of the Algarve Local Health Unit (ULS), as well as with INEM.

Ana Paula Martins considered that “time is urgent, because summer is now, it’s tomorrow”, but assured that the response will be prepared, “together with the board of directors, and obviously INEM”, for the Algarve to have “a very quickly actioned plan” for the summer.

“But let me also tell you something, ULS and its board of directors have a plan on the table, now they need reinforcements, they need us to be able to attract more human resources so that, during the summer, they can be here to respond to medical and surgical emergencies and that is what we will have to do with the capacity installed in the Algarve”, he concluded.

INEM’s Faro and Quarteira 3 ambulances, the closest to the facilities that the Minister of Health inaugurated today, will be stopped 76% and 78% of the time in May, respectively, according to pre-hospital emergency technicians.

In a statement, the Union of Pre-Hospital Emergency Technicians (STEPH), which carried out a survey of the inoperability rate of INEM ambulances for the month of May, highlights that more than half have “high periods of inoperability”.

From the survey carried out, STEPH concludes that 20 ambulances were more than 50% inoperable during the month of May and that there are ambulances that “have not opened for several months due to a lack of technicians”. In the case of ambulances in Faro and Quarteira 3, the inoperability rates are mainly due to the lack of technicians, according to STEPH.












PSP controlled 7.8 million passengers and detained 133 at Portuguese airports in six months


Lisbon, May 4, 2024 (Lusa) – The PSP controlled around 7.8 million passengers, detained 133 people and refused entry to 929 foreigners at airports in the first six months in which it took over the powers of the SEF, according to that police.

Taking stock of the first six months of air border control, the Public Security Police reports that, since October 29, it has controlled 7,797,05 passengers, intercepted 12,398 people, refused entry to 929, detained 133 and received 341 requests for international protection (commonly called asylum request) of foreign citizens.

In an interview with the Lusa agency, the PSP’s deputy national director of Airport Security and Border Control, Pedro Teixeira, stated that since the police took over the powers of air border control, the number of passengers who are intercepted upon entering national territory has increased. , an increase that is related to the increase in passengers at airports.

“The procedural rules that existed before October 29, 2023 are precisely the same as those that occur today, the number of interceptions has increased greatly due to the substantial increase in the number of passengers at airports”, he explained, noting that, in six months, 46 foreign citizens were removed from the country.

According to the PSP, the majority of the 133 arrests are related to falsified or third-party documents.

This security force indicates that the most common type of crime in the airport context is simple theft, namely theft of opportunity, which has decreased in the first months of the year.

Also in the first months of the year, the PSP has recorded a decrease in the number of incidents relating to disorderly passengers on board compared to the same period in 2023.

With the extinction of the Foreigners and Borders Service, on October 29, the PSP assumed control of the air borders, while the GNR was responsible for the sea and land borders, passing administrative powers in immigration matters to the Agency for Migration Integration and Asylum (AIMA).

Pedro Teixeira gave Lusa a positive review of the first six months.

“In October I heard publicly about the lack of security at the borders. I heard about disrupting borders. After six months, the indicators we have and what is visible to all of us is that in fact the borders continue to work and continue to work safely”, he stressed.

In total, the PSP controls the air borders at nine border posts: Lisbon, Porto, Faro, Madeira, Terceira, Santa Maria, São Miguel, Porto Santo and Beja.

Although they are not considered air border posts, the PSP also carries out border control functions at Tires Aerodrome and Horta Airport.

Regarding the management of temporary installation centers (CIT) and similar spaces, the PSP is responsible for a CIT (Santo António Housing Unit, in Porto) and three similar spaces, in Lisbon, Porto and Faro.

In November and December, the news was about the high number of foreign citizens requesting asylum and who were waiting for a response from AIMA in the international area of ​​the airport without “the most appropriate conditions” and the capacity of the Space Equivalent to a Temporary Installation Center ( EECIT).

“There was enormous migratory pressure, there was a high number of requests for international protection and, under the law, AIMA has the responsibility to hear these people within seven days”, he said, explaining that, in the initial phase, response times from AIMA “were a bit time-consuming” which “meant that people had to remain in the international space”.

Pedro Teixeira said that “today’s scenario is completely different”, the situation is outdated and AIMA’s response is smaller.

The official also admitted that there is migratory pressure in Europe, with Portugal not escaping these phenomena of migratory pressure.

In this sense and to deal with this pressure, PSP started to manage the Space Equipped as a Temporary Installation Center (EECIT) at Lisbon airport in a different way by taking advantage of the capabilities of similar spaces at Faro and Porto airports.

“As soon as there is a high number of citizens at Lisbon airport and the capacity at Lisbon’s EECIT is saturated, we promote the transfer of citizens to other similar spaces. This has been what allows us to alleviate the pressure on the main international airport,” he said.

Pedro Teixeira also said that 95% of asylum requests are made at Lisbon airport.



Land cleaning deadline for rural and forest lands extended to 31st May 2024


The Government today (30th April) decided to extend for another month, until May 31, the deadline for forest owners and producers to clean forests and land, informed the office of the Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries.

“The decision is related to the rainfall recorded in recent months and the high water content in the soil, which affected many of the fuel management operations and encouraged the rapid growth of vegetation in the areas already intervened”, the note explains.

Also according to the Government, weather forecasts indicate that, in May, “appropriate conditions will be maintained for the safe carrying out of fuel management activities and that, therefore, this additional period will allow operations to be carried out in all necessary locations.”

“Vegetation management within the scope of the secondary network of fuel management bands constitutes one of the pillars of the integrated rural fire management policy, especially in the area of ​​protection against rural fires – ensuring greater effectiveness in defending people, animals and property against the spread of fires –, as well as in terms of rural fire management”, allowing the mitigation of the annual number of occurrences, reads the note.

In a February order, the Secretary of State for Civil Protection and the Secretary of State for Nature Conservation and Forests identified 991 priority parishes for inspection of fuel management in 2024, between May 1st and 31st, in the case of rural land owners close to buildings or in clusters bordering forest areas.

The work would have to be completed by April 30th, and the inspection will also take place, between June 1st and 30th, in the ranges between five and 10 meters from the road, railway and electricity and natural gas transport networks, which are the responsibility of the respective responsible entities

In the case of land located in rural areas, cleaning must cover up to 50 meters from buildings, in forest, bush or natural pasture areas.

In population clusters located in or bordering forest areas, fuel management is mandatory in an outdoor range of no less than 100 meters, a distance also provided for camping or industrial parks and landfills.

Municipal councils, in addition to having to be informed of fines from entities external to the municipality, can notify owners for cleaning or, subsequently, carry out the work and be reimbursed for the expenses.